Do you feel stress at work all the time? Well luckily its not just you I’m afraid. Everyone around the world will be stress at some point when given a pile of work to be finish at short amount of time. Work stress has significant health consequences that range from relatively benign like getting more colds and flus to potentially serious such as heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
Here are some common thing you can get stressful at workplace:
- Physical discomfort, either from sitting improperly to standing unbalance
- Interpersonal conflict from colleague or with upper management
While stress at work is common, finding a low-stress job is hard (if not impossible). A more realistic approach is to adopt effective coping strategies to reduce stress at your current job. Here are some stress management techniques you can try if you are finding it hard to cope with work stress.
Start With Positivity
You might be surprised by how affected by workplace stress you are when you have a stressful morning. It is one of the reasons for you to be burnout so easily at work. When you start off the day with planning, good nutrition, and a positive attitude, you might find that you’ll have a peace of mind in your job and you can take your day more easily. Remember don’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed
Be Clear on Requirements
If you find yourself never knowing if what you are doing is enough, it may help to have a talk with your supervisor. This tend to happen when the requirement for your role keep changing with little notice. Hence, you can take the time to go over expectations and discuss strategies for meeting them. This can relieve stress for both of you!
Also if possible try to avoid people who don’t work well with others or lazy bum. This can put more burden on you and making your work more harder than ever! Consult your supervisor if your team tend to have less performance.
Even if you’re a naturally disorganized person, planning ahead to stay organized can greatly decrease your stress at work. Being organized with your time means less rushing in the morning to avoid being late as well as less hustling to get out at the end of the day.
Keeping yourself organized can also mean avoiding the negative effects of clutter, and being more efficient with your work. It also can avoid you from having overtime in the office.
You might not notice you’re stressed if you’re sitting in an uncomfortable chair for just a few minutes, but if you practically live in that chair when you’re at work, you might have a sore back and this can affect your work performance.
Even small things like office noise can be distracting and cause feelings of low-grade frustration. Do what you can to create a quiet, comfortable, and soothing workspace.
Multitasking was once heralded as a fantastic way to maximize one’s time and get more done in a day. However, people eventually began to realize that if they had a phone to their ear and were making calculations at the same time, their speed and accuracy often suffered greatly.
There is a certain feeling that comes from splitting your focus and it doesn’t work well for most people. Instead of multitasking to stay on top of your tasks, try another cognitive strategy like chunking:
- Find the chunks. Work with your supervisor to pick out difficult parts. Usually, they will know the common ‘problem areas’ that most workers struggle with.
- Pace yourself. Don’t expect to get it in one session!
- Start slow!
- Incorporating it into the rest of the piece.
Listen to Music on the Drive Home
Listening to music offers many benefits and can be an effective way to relieve stress before, during, and after work. Playing an uplifting song while you make breakfast can help you start the day off feeling better prepared to interact with the people in your life.
Likewise, combating the stress of a long day with your favorite music on the drive home can help you wind down and feel less stressed when you get there.
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